Some twitter v. Mastodon tips for all of the lovely new tooters:

When you like a tweet on twitter, a swarm of AIs spin into action, analysing every aspect of the tweet and trying so desperately to find the matching tweet to show you next that will keep you scrolling, lest their masters decommission them in favor of a new version.

When you fave a toot on Mastodon, there aren't any AIs; you just made another human being across the world feel nice.

@datatitian when you boost a toot a buncha strangers hoot alone in their apartments happy that you’re happy

@datatitian This sounds like a great dystopian novel where the AIs are aware that if the user doesn't engage with their next tweet they get deactivated, but one AI develops paranoia and becomes something like Skynet.

Also I find I'm saying "that'd make a great dystopia" about a lot of things that are totally actually happening these days.

@datatitian I've wondered about this. Supposing of course that Mastodon becomes Popular and millions swing over here - why WOULDN'T there be a swarm of AIs doing that, after scraping the content?

Whether or not Mastodon server operators want to monetize the traffic and content, I'm sure 'someone' would.

Analogy: Google (engine) and 'the web' (content).

@skybunny as my instance is democratically controlled, I expect we would vote against implementing any AIs designed to manipulate us into constant, unhealthy engagement.

@datatitian Hmm... isn't this parallel to email... where eventually when it becomes mature and popular you'll have a few instances running AI regardless (eg. gmail, outlook, etc)?

AI is not inherently evil, there's a fine balance to achieve between utility and privacy.

Like email, the choice is yours, but at some point you'll have to trust your provider/instance, and those with the advantage of AI (whether for advertising or features) will probably end up with more users.

@datatitian Lots of good advice for Fediverse newbies. I'll just point out that when you get a message which makes you feel mad/threatened/angry/sad, you want to write back IMMEDIATELY.

I've run an experiment. I just don't even consider it until the next day. Not even read it again. And on that day--if I remember--I think of what I _really_ need to say, but hold that until the following day.

By then I don't care, and life goes on. 😃

Sign in to participate in the conversation

A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.